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MercyMe to perform in Columbia in October

May 14, 2019

Multi-platinum selling MercyMe will spearhead the fall run of the “Imagine Nation Tour” alongside fellow Grammy nominee Crowder and GMA Dove nominee Micah Tyler on Oct. 18 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, and will be available at ticketmaster.com, the Ticketmaster App and also at the Lexington Medical Center Box Office inside Colonial Life Arena.

Recent radio favorites “Best News Ever,” “Grace Got You” and “Even If” are housed on MercyMe’s most current album “LIFER,” and will be among the hits included in the evening of music, according to a news release from the Colonial Life Arena.

According to the release, 2019 has reaped both Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominations for the current American Music Award winners. The tour also comes on the heels of the box office shattering film “I Can Only Imagine,” inspired by frontman Bart Millard’s real-life story behind the beloved MercyMe song, according to the release.

The past season has seen landmark success for the multi-platinum selling MercyMe, according to the release.

A major motion picture based on the life of frontman Bart Millard, who wrote the mega-hit song “I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father, opened at a remarkable No. 3 at the box office on Mar. 16, 2018, according to the release. Carrying the same name, Millard’s first memoir also released this year followed by the unveiling of “I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe.”

MercyMe was named Top Christian Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards; scored their sixth Grammy nomination; was the top winner at the fan-fueled K-LOVE Fan Awards, including a win for Artist of the Year; and won their seventh American Music Award. The group was the 2017 GMA Dove Award Winner for Artist Of The Year.

Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 58 No. 1 multi-format radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” “Here With Me,” “Homesick” and “So Long Self.”

MercyMe made history in 2014 as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed two million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain, according to the release.